Reddit CEO Steve Huffman defends controversial API changes

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman defends controversial API changes

During the discussion, Huffman provided mostly brief responses to detailed questions, admitting to some missteps in the API rollout. However, he avoided addressing more complex inquiries about the company’s handling of its relationship with third-party developers. Some developers voiced their frustration, noting that they had reached out to Reddit through recommended channels but received no response. Huffman apologized for the oversight and promised that the company would provide a reply.

One point of contention arose when Huffman defended Reddit’s claim that Christian Selig, the developer of Apollo, had threatened the company. Selig refuted the accusation and promptly disproved it by sharing an audio clip of a phone call with a Reddit representative. Huffman reiterated his criticism, citing Selig’s inconsistent behavior and communication as the reason for the strained relationship. When Selig requested examples of such behavior, Huffman did not respond.